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Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law

Program Overview

The Professional LLM in Bankruptcy and Insolvency Law is a two-year, part-time program designed for bankruptcy and insolvency professionals and those working in related areas who want to develop greater expertise in this dynamic area. This unique LLM program examines the laws, rules, theories and policies that underlie both business and personal bankruptcy and insolvency law in Canada, the United States and internationally.

Degree Requirements

The degree requirements will be satisfied upon the completion of 36 credits. There are two options for completing this degree.

Option I: Coursework and Major Research Paper [36 credits]

  • The required courses for Bankruptcy and Insolvency [9 credits];
  • 21 additional credits of coursework, at least 3 of which must be from Bankruptcy and Insolvency specialization;
  • A Major Research Paper (70 pages) in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency field [6 credits]; and
  • Advanced Legal Research Workshop. Please note that this will not count towards the 36 credits required to complete the degree.

Option II: Coursework Only [36 credits]

  • The required courses for Bankruptcy and Insolvency [9 credits];
  • 27 additional credits of coursework, at least 9 of which must be courses from the Bankruptcy and Insolvency specialization; and
  • A Significant Research Paper (30 pages) as a means of evaluation¬† for one of the courses in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency specialization.

The Advanced Legal Research Workshop is not required for students writing a Significant Research Paper but is strongly recommended in order for students to review writing and research skills.


Program Format

Courses will be offered in a combination of weekly and intensive formats. Videoconferencing is available for most courses, although occasional in-person attendance in Toronto is required (refer to the schedule for specific details on each course).

Note: Faculty, curriculum, course descriptions and degree requirements are subject to change without notice.


American Bankruptcy Law

Behavioral Economics

Consumer Bankruptcy Issues and Policies

Governance Responsibilities in Insolvency

International Aspects of Bankruptcy and Insolvency

Lending, Security and Insolvency Law

Perspectives on the Insolvency System

Priorities and Priority Claims in Bankruptcy

Receiverships and Other Remedies in Secured Transactions

Reorganizations and Restructurings

Program Start Date


Program Schedule

Program Director(s)

  • Stephanie Ben-Ishai -

    Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, Affiliated Scholar, Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP


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Contact LLM Admissions

Phone: 416.673.4670
Email: admissions-opd@osgoode.yorku.ca

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